New York is planning to re-open soon. Looking back, I can’t help but reflect on the many life lessons I’ve learned from the lockdown.
1. Stop overthinking.
The outpatient surgical center where I work temporarily closed a few months ago. I was re-assigned to different areas in the hospital. It was nerve-wracking thinking about working on unfamiliar grounds. There were so many thoughts running through my mind. My hubby reminded me to stop overthinking and just muster the courage to show up at work and tackle each task the best way that I can.
At first, I felt like a fish out of water. But, as time goes by, I became more comfortable doing the various procedures. I’ve learned a lot and gained new nursing skills from that experience.
2. Take better care of yourself.
As a health care professional, I’m fully aware of the importance of taking care of ourselves. However, I wasn’t really consistent with eating a healthy meal, taking my vitamins, and getting enough rest.
The lockdown changed that. I made sure to eat my greens, take my vitamins, and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Now, more than ever, I must have a strong immune system to fight off Covid-19 and other viruses.
3. When one door closes, open another door.
I love to travel and write about our adventures. But, we haven’t been anywhere, so I ran out of photos and blog ideas.
What else can I write about?
I was so uninspired to blog for a while. Until one day, when my hubby and I decided to use the white wall of our apartment as a backdrop for a fashion photoshoot. I wore some of my go-to outfits for spring, and we had so much fun. I wrote about it, posted a few photos on Instagram, and tagged one of my fave brands – NY & Company.
Two weeks ago, I received an e-mail from them, inviting me to be part of their latest campaign. I’m so happy about this partnership because I totally love this brand. On my next post, I’ll be sharing with you some of my outfits from their spring/summer collection.
4. It’s ok not to be productive all the time.
That has been my life before the lockdown. I work from Mon-Fri in a fast-paced environment. I spend most of my weekends writing, traveling, or attending social events. I’m one of those Type A personality individuals who feel guilty if they are not doing anything productive.
I’ve learned to slow down a bit. I take long naps, watch YouTube videos for hours, sip my coffee, relax, and just be thankful for whatever blessings each day brings.
5. Tough times don’t last.
So many things have changed in our lives. We have to adjust to the new normal. There are challenges at every turn. Some days can be really rough that I needed to step back and have a good cry before I can get through my day.
This COVID-19 pandemic won’t last forever. Things may never be the same again. But, I still believe that better days lie ahead of us. In the meantime, let’s continue to pray, support, and encourage each other.
How are you holding up? What are some life lessons you’ve learned during the lockdown? Feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for reading. Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay healthy! ❤️